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Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living Paperback – April 25, 2012
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I can't stress enough what an important tool this book is: it debunks many misconceptions about climate change, and offers lots of practical climate change solutions to empower readers across all income levels. (ie, this isn't just for people who can afford to buy a Prius or outfit their home with all the latest, expensive new high-efficiency appliances.) My biggest takeaway from this book is that reducing energy consumption isn't about going without; it's about simply being smarter with the resources you have. (Bonus: It can save you a lot of money, too.)
Bottom line: Highly recommended.
1) Explain the science of climate change in an approachable, clear, and objective way.
2) Describe the ramifications of climate change both for the planet as a whole and our society in particular.
3) Provide steps we can all take to help lower our impact and become more ecologically friendly, many of which have clear financial benefits.
It does all of these rather well individually, unfortunately, the sum is not greater than the individual parts. The focus of the book is confusing. At times it is trying to convince you that climate change is real - that is a noble objective and it is done rather well, but it assumes that you don't already believe in climate change. Then it switches gears to tell us what to do to slow down climate change - another great thing, but it assumes the reader now accepts climate change. This would be fine and a logical progression of the book, but then in the next section the cycle starts over again and we go back to explaining why a different aspect of climate change is real.
Overall the information contained in the book is quite good and presented for a lay audience. It is, however, organized rather poorly. Aside from that, I highly recommend the book.
anyone wanting to learn more about global warming from a scientific point of view.
In Cooler Smarter members of the Union of Concerned Scientists provide practical advice on everything from transportation choices and what and how we drive, to heating our homes more efficiently. Chapter 3, "The Weight of the Evidence: How We Know the Planet is Warming" should be required reading for anyone who doubts the reality of Global Warming. The science is explained clearly and the evidence is overwhelming.
The authors note that the average American's activities are responsible for about 21 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, and they encourage each of us to begin by committing to reduce our carbon footprint by 20 per cent or about 4 tons of emissions over the course of a year.Read more ›
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Definite ways in which we all can participate in reducing the effects of climate change!Published on July 27, 2014 by Theodore H. Pfeiff
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I loved learning about how I can make a difference. The last section of the book got a bit redundant to me, but I understand the importance of including it. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by B Abbzug
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I really enjoyed this book, but in the end I am confused whom it is written for. The title made the impression that the practical steps were for a general audience. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Anastasia L. Baima
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